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A 29-year-old female asked:

Eye dr ordered mri for aura while eyes are closed. normal result, but showed an old sinus infection. what does it mean? i assume theyre not related?

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Dr. Jeffrey Kalt
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
Correct: Sinus infection is not related. The visual aura is usually part of a classic migraine (preceding the onset of headache) or ophthalmic migraine (without headache).
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 21 years experience
Likely not related: Your doctor was likely trying to rule out other causes for your visual changes with the mri. Auras can be seen with classic migraines and with optical migraines. An old sinus infection is not a probable cause for an aura but ongoing sinus inflammation can be a trigger for migraines.

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